White sands national monument

It is one of my favorite places in New Mexico. White Sands National Monument.

I was out taking shots of the sunset over the Tularosa Basin and the Jornada del Muerto and the amazing light spreading across the gypsum fields that spread over nearly 300 square miles of the desert.

This is the world’s largest gypsum dunefield.

I looked back to the south to see this group perfectly silhouetted against that massive sky. The next night I joined the sunset stroll offered by the monument…

The Sunset Stroll Nature Walk is an easy (less than one mile) stroll through the dunes to look at the geology, plants and animals of the dune field. Some climbing on the dunes is involved.The walk is timed to end at sunset in order to provide good photographic opportunites.The Sunset Stroll is held every evening throughout the year, except when staff is not available. The starting time varies.

If you come this way, let me know.  I’ll go back anytime.  White Sands National Monument.  Info here.

How about some White Sands National Monument in black and white?

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11 comments

  1. Comment by Frank Zinno

    Frank Zinno Reply June 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    love the sillouette. I really liked the one of you and your son last week. Your daughter is getting the eye.

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply June 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Frank! Yup. I guess it is the week of Sillouettes

  2. Comment by Frank Zinno

    Frank Zinno Reply June 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    love the sillouette. I really liked the one of you and your son last week. Your daughter is getting the eye.

  3. Comment by Lane

    Lane Reply June 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Great shot Jim! Just sent this out to the Twitterverse.

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply June 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Thank you! How are things?

  4. Comment by Charli l Wanderlusters

    Charli l Wanderlusters Reply June 8, 2013 at 5:30 am

    This is such a soothing silhouette, the colors in the sky are superb.

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply June 8, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Thanks Charli! It really is nice and peacful and fun, isnt it? It was a fabulous night.

  5. Comment by BobR

    BobR Reply June 10, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Nice shot. The wide sweeping shape of the clouds really makes this work.

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply June 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you so much Bob! Such a giant sky!

  6. Comment by John Mata

    John Mata Reply July 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Nice silhouettes with sharp edges. the sky looks perfect too. nice shot!

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